Feb. 21, 2014

Issue #13

Editor's Note

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League Strongly Supports Important Charter City Home Rule Litigation

The cities of El Centro, Carlsbad, El Cajon, Fresno, Oceanside and Vista on Thursday, Feb. 20 filed a challenge to legislation that impairs the right of charter cities to exercise “Home Rule” authority authorized under the California Constitution. The challenge, filed in San Diego Superior Court, seeks to prevent the state of California from mandating the terms of local contracts paid for with local funds. The California Supreme Court has clearly stated that the Legislature cannot dictate how charter cities spend their own money on local construction projects. (State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, AFL-CIO v. City of Vista (2012) 54 Cal.4th 547.) SB 7 violates these constitutional principles.

Legal Updates, Public Contracting

Participate in the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service

Mayors all across the nation are encouraged to participate in the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, being held on Tuesday, April 1. This initiative is led by the Corporation for National and Community Service; Cities of Service; National League of Cities; and Mesa, AZ, Mayor Scott Smith, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The goal is to highlight the impact of AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and other national service programs in tackling local problems and to thank national service members for their commitment.

Mayors and Council Members, Meetings and Events
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